Significant people: the search for Mary Seacole

Take your class back in time as they become history detectives, exploring the amazing life and impact of Mary Seacole.

Students will discover how and why she is remembered today through storytelling and creative activities. Inspired by her portrait and her story, students will consider how they would like to be remembered through portraiture.

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    Mary Seacole,    by Albert Charles Challen,    1869,    NPG 6856,    © National Portrait Gallery, London
Mary Seacole, by Albert Charles Challen, 1869

Session duration: 90 mins


Primary, key stage 1

This session is for one class of up to thirty students to take part.

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Learning objectives

  1. Recognise the historical significance of key figures from British history.
  1. Use historical sources, including portraits, as evidence to learn about the past.
  1. Respond to historical themes through portrait making.